Yoga Pose Series: Yoga Breathing
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YOGA BREATHING in Easy Pose
Breathing is an essential component of any yoga practice and can help lead you in a direction of self awareness, calm and focus. When just starting out, it is best to simply practice becoming more aware of your breathing patterns, and gradually working to encourage your breathing to be smooth and rhythmic.
- Sit comfortably with your legs crossed. You may sit up on a folded blanket, or if it is more comfortable for you, sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor.
- Sit tall on your support with your chest lifted and shoulders rolled back and down. Lengthen the back of your neck feeling yourself growing tall through the crown of your head.
- Gently close your eyes and breath in and out of your nose.
- At first, simply practice becoming aware of your breath and how it moves in and out of your body. Don’t make any changes right now. Notice if your attention wanders and practice bringing it gently bring it back to your breath.
- Over time, you can begin to encourage yourself to gradually extend the length of both your inhalation and exhalation so that it is smooth and rhythmic.
- Watch your breath quietly for 3-5 minutes.
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DID YOU KNOW? Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years. The word Yoga means “to join or yoke together,” and it brings the body and mind together in one harmonious experience.